Dining with Royalty: Guide to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

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Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

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If you are planning your next Walt Disney World vacation and are trying to decide which restaurants to dine at, you may want to check out Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is located inside the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase at EPCOT and allows Guests to dine with the Princesses while enjoying a delicious meal.

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What is the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall?

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a sit-down character dining restaurant located inside World Showcase at EPCOT. While enjoying Norweigan-inspired food, Guests can visit with their favorite Disney Princesses, who will stop for an autograph, a photo, and some great conversation!

The Walt Disney World website describes this character dining restaurant as:

Join Disney Princesses for Storybook Dining inside a medieval castle with soaring archways and cathedral ceilings.

What inspired the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall?

Norwegian culture is a big inspiration behind this EPCOT restaurant as the chefs cook up some delicious Norwegian-inspired fare for lunch and dinner, and the atmosphere has touches of a medieval castle!

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Meeting princesses at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

One of the main draws for Guests to dine at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is the fact that you can dine with some of the Disney Princesses! 

What princesses can you meet at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall?

According to the Disney Website, you can meet the following when dining at Akershus:

Her Highness the Queen is holding a feast in honor of the world’s best-loved Storybook Princesses—and you’re invited! Dine in a medieval castle as Disney Princesses and Friends mingle with Guests to give autographs and pose for pictures.

All who attend the royal banquet can expect to meet several of the following Disney Characters:

  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Belle
  • Princess Aurora
  • Ariel

Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

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When is the best time to go to the Banquet Hall to meet princesses?

The Disney Princesses are greeting Guests during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Because this restaurant is very popular, advance reservations are highly recommended.  Learn when advance reservations can be made.

Typically, it takes about an hour and a half for all of the Princesses to make their rounds throughout the restaurant, but don’t worry — you don’t have to leave your table until you’ve met all of the Princesses!

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Food served at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

What food is served at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for breakfast?

Guests can start the day with American breakfast favorites served family-style which includes selections like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potato casserole, cinnamon rolls, and fresh fruit.

The menu on the Walt Disney World website currently lists the following options for breakfast:

  • All-You-Care-To-Enjoy 
    • Scrambled Eggs
    • Bacon
    • Sausage
    • Potato Casserole
  • Norwegian Smorgasbord
    • Salami
    • Roasted Turkey
    • Smoked Pork Loin
    • Peppered Mackerel
    • Dilled Salmon Gravlax
    • Jarlsberg Cheese
    • Muenster Cheese
    • Garnishes
      • Strawberry Preserves
      • Gherkins
      • Tomato
      • Oil Cured Olives
      • Salted Butter
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What food is served at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for lunch and dinner?

Guests can enjoy Norwegian-inspired fare for lunch and dinner! Every Guest’s royal feast will begin with a “Taste of Norway” — which features the finest Scandinavian seafood, imported cheeses, cured and sliced meats, and a vast selection of salads and fruits.

Then, Guests can choose from a rotating menu of hot entrées, including grilled fillet of salmon, oven-roasted chicken breast, and a Norwegian meatball dish called Kjøttkake. As for the children’s menu, options include favorites like pizza and pasta, as well as healthy selections like grilled chicken and salmon served with vegetables.

But, be sure to save room for The Royal Chef’s Dessert Plate!  Guests won’t want to miss out on a platter of 3 delectable desserts served family-style for the perfect ending to your feast.

The menu on the Walt Disney World website currently lists the following options for lunch and dinner:

Appetizer

  • Taste of Norway
    • Everyone’s Royal Feast begins with an authentic “Taste of Norway” featuring some of the finest Scandinavian Seafood, Imported Cheeses, cured and sliced Meats, and a vast selection of Salads and Fruits
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Entrees

  • Tradisjonell Kjøttkake
    • Norwegian Meatballs served with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Lingonberry Sauce
  • Laks – Grilled Fillet of Salmon
    • Served with a Ragoût of White Beans, Garlic Crostini, and a Citrus-smoked Salmon Butter
  • Kyllingbryst – Herb-roasted Chicken Breast
    • Served with Sweet Potato and Cranberry Bread Pudding, Seasonal Vegetables, and Gjetost Pan Gravy
  • Svinestek med Frukt – Seared Pork Tenderloin
    • with Apricot Glaze, Multigrain Pilaf, Sautéed Mushrooms, and an Apple-Fennel Slaw
  • Viking Mixed Grill
    • Tasting portions of our Fillet of Salmon with Ragoût of White Beans, Norwegian Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes and Lingonberry Sauce, and Grilled Sausage and Braised Red Cabbage
  • Raspeballer – Scandinavian Potato Dumpling
    • Handcrafted Dumplings with Zucchini, Leeks, Peas, and Mushrooms served in a Coconut-Curry Sauce
  • Flyt-stuffed Pasta
    • Cheese and Spinach-stuffed Pasta with Olive Oil-poached Tomatoes, Parmesan Cream Sauce, and Sweet Balsamic Glaze

Dessert

  • The Royal Chef’s Dessert Plate
    • An assortment of Norwegian-inspired Desserts
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Kids’ Create-Your-Own Entrées

  • Grilled Chicken Breast
    • Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small DASANI® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice
  • Salmon
    • Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small DASANI® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice
  • Grilled Beef
    • Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small DASANI® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice
  • Macaroni & Cheese
    • Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small DASANI® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice
  • Norwegians Meatballs
    • Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small DASANI® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice
  • Traditional Pizza
    • Served with choice of two (2) Selections and choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice

Kids Side Choices

  • Corn
  • Seasonal Vegetable
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Fruit Salad
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Discounts available at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

If you are an Annual Passholder, you can receive 10% off at this dining location. Disney’s official website states:

10% discount applies to the non-discounted price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) during all available meal periods.

Special events and dining packages excluded unless otherwise noted. 

Valid for the Passholder and up to three Guests. Please view Passholder Discounts for additional details.

What kind of Disney dining plans are accepted at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall?

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan this Akershus Princess meal uses one table service credit. Every year, the credits are subject to change for the Disney Dining Plan so it is always good to check with the official Walt Disney World website before visiting for the most up-to-date information.
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